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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

If the safety net was not there, what options would you be left with?

Long-term disability insurance is a thing, not to mention being able to sue the other driver for copious amounts of money. Not that I’m advocating for the removal of all social safety nets, but there are private solutions as well, including the large number of private charities who help people in such scenarios.

It has strict usage limitations,

In theory, yes. However, like all government programs that have “strict usage limitations,” fraud is pretty common and easy to get away with.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

The Congressional voter turnout was the lowest since WWII

And what’s your point exactly? Who’s to say that if the millennials who can’t find jobs would continue to vote for the Democrats? I hate to break it you karma, but people under 30 aren’t quite as enamored with this President as you seem to believe.

most of the wins were by narrow margins.

What exactly are you basing this off of? Most of the races were decidedly not that close. Gubernatorial elections were even more lopsided. I couldn’t find an aggregate of the House races, but I’d assume they were even more lopsided with all the gerrymandering. I mean, the races that were supposed to be close (Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia) were decidedly not. Hell, Gillespie wasn’t supposed to finish within 10 points and he almost won the damn thing.

Unless you’re basing it off of historical results (in which case, please share because that sounds like a fascinating read).

But, this is the real kicker as to why the Senate isn’t a lock for the GOP after ‘16:
“Republicans will have to defend 24 seats as compared to just 10 for Democrats in 2016. And, the raw numbers don’t even tell the whole story. Seven seats currently held by Republican incumbents — Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were all carried by President Obama in 2008 and 2012. And there is chatter about potential Republican retirements in Arizona and Iowa; if either John McCain or Chuck Grassley decided to call it a career, each of those races would be major Democratic targets."

GOP won statewide elections in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin already so what will they automatically be unable to win these seats in 2 years? After all, if a Republican wins the Presidency, that candidate will need to win those states and, by default, the Republican Senators will likely win those elections off of the President Elect’s coattails.

And, a lot of the GOP’s hopes for the Oval Office can be dashed by who the Democrats run as their candidate. The GOP won’t have Obama to build their hatred on.

As opposed to Barack Obama who didn’t use America’s hatred of George W. Bush at all, right?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

However, the video did reveal that Gruber didn’t ACTUALLY CALL the American public stupid; he said “lack of transparency can be a huge political advantage”

Yes, he didn’t say, “The American public is stupid.” However, if you use some pretty basic context clues and do some inferring (you can do it!!!), it’s quite clear that’s exactly what he’s saying. I suppose perhaps all of use stoopid voters just can’t understand his immense MIT wordsmithing?

and that if the American public saw the ACA as a tax, it wouldn’t have been passed. That is when he said the public could be called stupid or whatever YOU want.

Funnily enough, it was the Republicans who pointed out what the White House seems to have willingly lied about – that it was a tax. Your heroes on the left lambasted the Republicans for analysis that turned out to be accurate. I mean you can try to spin it every way you want (you’re ideologue, I’d expect nothing else). The fact remains, your heroes in the White House look fucking awful. There’s no saving this – what little goodwill the President has (which he’ll completely squander with executive immigration action that looks sketchy on a number of fronts) is likely all but gone.

And, in a later explanation, he was spot on when he clarified that inference to being a basic exploitation of woeful lack of economic understanding by the American ppl.

Totally agree. After all, we re-elected Barack Obama. You don’t do that if you have a basic understanding of economic policies. We have the President we deserve – it’s a shame we don’t deserve something better.

Side note: it’s also really nice of Mr. Gruber to mention that health care subsidies were never meant for the federal exchange. Going to make that much harder for the Feds to win King v. Burwell and one step closer to elimianting this miserable piece of legislation.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

It was somewhat pre-ACA, but Obama had to retract a lot to make a bunch of asshole rich guys happy.

I think it was more he couldn’t think of a way to successfully lie to the stupid voters in order to get public acceptance. Thanks for the confirmation Mr. Gruber that the whole health care law was a pack of lies.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The People Spoke

But, that was before corporations became ppl and could outright buy elected officials that would almost automatically do the biding of those who paid the tab for their winning their elections.

Except there is literally no data that backs this up. You know this since I’ve told you, but still you bring this out for reasons God only knows.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The People Spoke

So yes, it looks like the people spoke… and said ‘we know what we want (minimum wage rises, legalised cannabis, stronger gun laws, protection for the ’right’ for abortion, to name but a few) but we’ll chuck out the party proposing them in protest over (our perceived) lack of progress.’ – confused and, unfortunately, a typical electoral response.

I think the reason for this apparent paradox is many of those liberal measures appeal pretty strongly to centrists. Likewise, independent are terribly unimpressed with the President and swung heavily for the Republicans. It makes some sense in that context that there would be that split ticketing happening.

Additionally, there may be a nostalgia aspect to the vote. People remember the late 90s fondly when an all Republican Congress and a Democratic President got shit done.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

1 getting benefits before full retirement age

2 You are eligible for cost-of-living benefit increases starting with the year you become age 62.

3 you delay your retirement past your full retirement age.

4 you are a government worker with a pension

Ignoring the fact that #4 has nothing to do with Social Security, please explain how any of that is need-based (unless you’re living in a parallel universe where Ross Perot was president). Since you present the image of someone who doesn’t have the faintest idea of what a need-based program is, I’d drive you to look at how the government doles out food stamps compared to how they dole out Social Security.

but I believe you’re talking about the maximum earnings calculator. this is a flat cap where if you put any more into the system you don’t get more. and on top of that the government is using social security surplus to hedge against the deficit. That’s communist to lol.

Yes, well, you can certainly make the argument SS functions as a Ponzi scheme. You can’t, however make the argument it’s a need-based program when it’s inherently merit-based. Well, you can – just come off as a fuckwit who doesn’t know the definition of things.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

Social Security take from everybody and gives out based on need so its not socialist its communist.

Uh, no. Not even a little bit. Social Security is not based on need – it’s based on how much you contributed (typically, the wealthy will receive more benefits since they, you know, made more money).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Corporal Punishment

I’m not like some dipshits who will keep a library of things they are “offended” by so they can use them later.

No – you’re far creepier. You keep a PM that Jan sent you to smooth things over and use it to mock him (which is utterly baffling, but I digress). It’s far more reasonable to remember the times someone is an ass than it to remember the time someone wasn’t an ass and, even stranger, to try to use that against the person.

I’m not sure why I’m even taking this comment seriously. You liked me on these forums until you found out I tend to vote Republican. The horror!

On topic, I have no qualms with corporal punishment. I continue to believe that the 1-2 spankings as a child that I had did me no lasting harm and provided the adequate lesson. The issue it’s so easy for it to escalate to something more than an open-palmed slap on the butt and it has become clear to me that “discipline” for some parents go far beyond what I would ever be comfortable subjecting one my children to.

If I have kids, I genuinely hope I don’t spank them – after all, if I can resolve a conflict without violence, surely that’s better than with. But, I think it’s foolish for people to claim that spankings are inherently good/bad. It depends on the child. One my brothers absolutely needed spankings. My other brother and sister didn’t.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Shooting/Riots in Ferguson, USA.

they’re hard up for manpower. In such situations, you’re willing to have less than ideal officers if it means you have enough officers for minimum coverage.

The bigger culprit, in my opinion, is that it is damn near impossible to actually fire a cop. Rather than losing their job like normal people do when they fuck up, they get placed on suspensions (which, is a glorified vacation since they continue to get paid). Not only that, most stations across the country have to subsidized the accused cop’s legal fees too. When it’s easier (and cheaper) to not fire a bad cop than it is to release the cop, that’s when you have massive problems.

Reason #1,472,872 that public sector unions should cease to exist.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Shooting/Riots in Ferguson, USA.

In this case it appears they did neither. They killed someone that was not posing an existential threat to anyone.

Brown was 6’ 4" and weighed nearly 300 pounds. I don’t know about you, but if I see someone that large coming towards me with what appears to be malice (how else was the officer supposed to perceive that?), I consider that a serious existential threat.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

And the US flirtation with libertarianism with Coolidge, Tyler, Van Buren, Harding and Ford works out just as well as comparison to failed socialist states.

I don’t know enough about the others to speak to them, but the economy boomed under Coolidge. I would imagine, if I did know more about them, that comparing them to socialist states is a laughable assertion at best.


The US already has socialist leanings. The police force is socialist through and through. So is medicaid and medicare. So are the schools.

Medicare is not socialized – most seniors rely on private policies to supplement their Medicare, which, ironically, is what many European nations with glorious socialized medicine are also finding themselves needing to do. Even Sweden, the pride of socialized medicine, couldn’t do it completely public.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza

Issen, they’re using artillery instead of precision fire. Deliberately, even though their own Supreme Court told them it was illegal. Link

Yeah that’s… indefensible. Good point.

As for the “its all hamas’s fault” let’s be honest: they’ve had 3 wars in six years and apart from high casualties [on the Palestinian side], all it’s done is increase support for them.

Certainly it isn’t all Hamas’s fault. I just have a hard time having much sympathy for Palestine when their government is a de facto terror organization. That doesn’t mean adore what Israel is going – it just means I’m not terribly sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinian people nor have I heard a compelling reason to be terribly sympathetic.

So what Israel needs to do is agree to this and if the Palestinians in the OT are still demanding Israel be wiped out at the end of that truce…well, I don’t think they would. Even if Hamas survived, 10 years of peace with a functioning economy is enough to turn any revolutionary respectable.

I can’t fathom this ever happening.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza

Goodness, no it doesn’t stop all of the missiles, nor does Israel claim that it does. But it stops some and is far more of a defense than Palestine has, hence the inflated numbers.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza

Can you explain why it is that in the recent conflicts the percentage of civilian deaths has been around 10 times high on the Palestinian side then on the Israeli side?

Because Hamas sets up their missiles in schools, parks and UN schools. They want the civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Israel has the Iron Dome to shoot down the missiles that Hamas sends.

I don’t honestly know what more Israel could do to prevent the casualties when their opposition are openly trying to have their civilians killed. They’re sending leaflets and they’re sending warning shots – what more do you want of them?

As you and Jan have articulated, there’s plenty of things to be critical of Israel about. This doesn’t seem to be the fairest of complaints.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

Oh certainly he had other demons, but from a couple of things that I read after the fact, it sounded like money was a bigger factor for him than it was for other comedians who committed suicide. He was doing roles he didn’t want to and he did a TV show he really didn’t want to do (which was unwatchable) just so he could have a paycheck. I can’t remember the article, but it was essentially a friend of his being quoted as saying “Robin wasn’t where he thought he would be.” It almost seems (as I wildly speculate) like he perceived himself to be a bit of a failure.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

All that fame, talent, and money, and he killed himself

Being completely broke can do that to you. Divorces are a bitch.


Apart from Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam, I thought he was a talentless, unfunny hack.

It’s odd; for a guy who was known as a comic, I thought he was generally pretty dreadful (although I do adore Death to Smoochy), whereas his more dramatic roles I thought were pretty good.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

When I said “the country” isn’t responsible for any great accomplishments, I didn’t mean to say that there have been no great accomplishments that came from America. The country isn’t a person and it hasn’t achieved anything – it’s the name of a place where people live. Those people have done things, like invent or what not. It feels to me like people (such as jhco) personify their country, which is why I was trying to make a distinction.

Obviously, I’m not someone who jumps at the chance to the government credit, but there are a slew of programs developed through the military and through NASA. Perhaps, most notably, all the work that went into ARPANET.

Even something as seemingly utilitarian as the Interstate Highway System or, more impressive still, the Transcontinental Railroad are remarkable feats connecting the nation.

On more of a political science level, the notion that we inherently have rights rather than having rights bestowed on us from a government, while borrowed from people like Locke, was pretty groundbreaking at the time for a nation to implement.

EDIT: I see you mentioned technological achievements were made here which means you yourself invalidated your claim that “The country isn’t responsible for any great accomplishments.”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Communism Vs. Capitalism

The country isn’t responsible for any great accomplishments.

Lol – this is cute.


And, he wasn’t IN Russia to see first hand all of these “effects” he is relating. What he is relating is information filtered through a system that had a lot to gain by making Russia look much worse than it was.

Yes, but we have those dear history books that tell us what a piss-poor existence members of the Soviet Union had. Unless you were part of the government, of course.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / should countries known for frequent human rights abuses be banned from international events like the olympics?

what about simply prohibiting countries with ongoing human rights abuses from the chance of hosting the olympics?

Because it’s hard enough to find someone to host the games. That hardly seems like a punishment…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / why did the government fake the moon landing?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

So if the moon landings were faked, how did the mirror array wind up on the moon? If you have access to an observatory for a project or a friend’s project, you can bounce a beam off them yourself, to prove to yourself that yes, they are actually up there.

So, what’s the explanation for a precision scientific instrument array having been built on the moon, one which it is possible to verify exists, if we didn’t actually go there?

It’s obviously a holograph.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / should countries known for frequent human rights abuses be banned from international events like the olympics?

Originally posted by beauval:

Wouldn’t be much of an Olympics without the USA, would it?

Meh – all the Summer Olympics needs is ping pong and badminton. God knows the US isn’t going to win a medal in those.


After all, we arrogantly & loudly tout that we are the BEST….
even tho we ignorantly don’t know shit about the rest.

Scoreboard don’t lie.

Suck it world.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

Don’t be silly. Why would he need data?

A boy can dream.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Womyn: noble effourt or heroic cause

/standingovation

Goodness I’ve missed you Jan.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Redskins: deraugatory or salutary?

But then, why should I expect any more from ppl who aren’t able to understand the “name issue”?

Does this mean you actually have data that shows Natives give a shit about this?!?!

As mentioned in this link, a NEW, reliable poll would be very helpful. I found the slide show on “Who is open to changing the name” to be very interesting.

But, that’s the most recent we have. What gives you any evidence that more Natives either A) care B) are offended or C) want the name changed (because a large number of Natives like the name).

10 year old data is far more compelling than your lack of data.

I find it interesting how issnedorf manages to also rely on such an old & dubious “poll”. But then, he is good at finding highly reliable polls that support HIS agenda….while poo-pooing those which don’t. LOL

It’s not that I’m poo-pooing your poll – it’s that you don’t have any data to support your opinion.

I continue to believe, based on every Native that I’ve talked to about this, that they don’t give a shit about this, that they don’t find it offensive. This is an issue for white liberals who feel the need to feel guilty for other minorities, and that the fact you feel guilty somehow makes things better for themselves. It doesn’t. At the end of the day, all of your focus is on something that does absolutely nothing to improve the generally poor quality of life American Indians have.